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07-26-2017 10:44 PM

Where can I find 0.30" steel rod? - 19 replies

Any idea where I can find a 0.300” diameter steel rod? I’m helping my father restore a watchmaker’s lathe, and want to make a custom dead center for the mini tailstock. But finding exactly 0.300” is proving difficult… I can get 19/64 which is 0.297”, but the few thou offset from center might be a lot on the ...

02-27-2017 06:59 PM

fixed belt sander with wooden wheel - 9 replies

I have a 6×48 stationary belt sander that keeps breaking on me every time I use it. After a lot of work, the drive side was all fixed up and working great. But then of course the aluminum idler wheel/roller decided to disintegrate from the inside. Not wanting to sink a lot of money into the repair, I made a replacement out of hard maple ...

01-28-2017 11:18 PM

drawknife/spokeshave rack - 4 replies

I made this tool rack/holder for my drawknives and spokeshaves: It mounts to my french cleat wall.

01-28-2017 09:46 PM

new branding iron - 7 replies

I got this great branding iron custom made by buckeye engraving: It’s a big one, CNC engraved on a 1” thick chunk of brass. I went the cheap route and got the torch-heated model, then bought a 200W soldering iron off ebay and adapted it to fit.

12-30-2016 02:06 AM

My table is sprouting - 11 replies

I finally got some plants growing from my table: I planned this from the early stages by building a shelf underneath the opening in the top. These are snake plants / mother in law’s tongue. This was the original project:

10-03-2016 12:14 AM

bench dogs and holdfasts - 2 replies

I made these two bench dogs this weekend from a red oak dowel and some ash for the springs: Here’s a shot of gluing on the springs: I split the spring pieces before planing to size, so the grain is nicely parallel. They fit in a chiseled-out recess in the dogs. The faces are angled to keep things flat against the workbench ...

08-14-2016 04:50 AM

Not a wood tool, but a fairly interesting find - 13 replies

I bought this hilariously strange tool off an auction just because of how unique it looked. It was pretty rusted when I received it, so I spent time today cleaning it up on the wire wheel and re-peening the rivet. I found the original advertisement for it online, shown in the last picture. I guess I’m now the handiest housewife in the k...

06-12-2016 08:07 PM

ugly chisel/gouge/rasp rack from scrap - 6 replies

Made this from a plywood shipping box and crappy construction plywood scrap I’m trying to do away with. It may not look too pretty, but it does a good job.

12-08-2015 06:15 PM

New Planes Day - 10 replies

Had a package from Lee Valley on my doorstep yesterday, got part of my cyber monday purchase. Here is the factory second router plane: The only flaw I can see is a near-microscopic speck of a casting pit on the sole, pretty nice. I haven’t had the chance to clean and use it yet, but I will try it out tonight. I also got the lar...

11-30-2015 03:33 AM

Problems sharpening/using PM-V11 blades - 15 replies

I own a couple PM-V11 steel blades for my Veritas planes and I can never seem to get them as sharp as I expect. Even after several sharpening cycles, my shooting plane’s stock PM-V11 blade has trouble slicing paper and isn’t all that good at cutting the end grain of even cherry or pine. Shooting with my LA jack equipped with a 25 ...

11-10-2015 06:33 AM

cool bandsaw on CL - 2 replies Neato:

09-19-2015 04:09 PM

3D Printed Branding Iron - 5 replies

I received my 3D printed stainless steel branding iron yesterday and got it mounted to my soldering iron: It arrived a little lumpy and smaller than my drawing. Had to do some machining, but now it fits well onto my older Rockler branding setup’s soldering iron. I learned about the technique from here: https://www.reddi...

08-11-2015 04:57 PM

Help with my ECE primus jack plane - 7 replies

I bought an ECE primus jack plane used a few years ago and haven’t quite gotten the hang of adjusting and using it. I’m hoping other plane users can answer some questions and give me advise. First off, there are these two metal tacks on the bed that I don’t get: They keep the blade from sitting flat against the b...

06-22-2015 02:56 AM

Jorgensen vise handle sheared off, need advise - 11 replies

I have an old Jorgensen vise on my workbench that looks a bit like this: Today, the handle on the left and its encasing tube sheared off of the main acme screw rod somehow. It was a 1/4” steel dowel/rod riveted through the shaft that broke. Any suggestions for a replacement? There are a lot of options on McMaster and other websit...

06-19-2015 08:49 PM

stubby marking knife - 3 replies

Made this stubby marking knife yesterday as a fathers day gift: Not quite fancy enough for a project post, but wanted to show it off anyhow. I meant to make the handle bigger but a few lathe screw-ups prevented that, so now it’s a “fine detail” knife. I used a brazilian rosewood pen blank for the handle, a brass co...

04-13-2015 09:45 PM

Will a cottonwood cup hold liquid? - 15 replies

I want to turn a beer tankard/cup and am considering some cottonwood logs. Will cottonwood hold liquid with minimal finishing, or is it too porous? I also have a chinese elm log that might do the trick, it’s just harder to wrangle into a good-sized blank.

02-10-2015 12:38 AM

Received a Pink Ivory Board Today - 4 replies

Today I received an amazing gift… a slice off of a curly pink ivory log. It came from a coworker who spent most of his career working in Barrow, Alaska. He turned wooden bowls and had nothing much to spend money on up there, so he ordered some rather expensive turning blanks. Here is a crappy phone picture of this beautiful wood: Bet...

08-19-2014 04:49 PM

Should I buy a LN 4 1/2 smoother? - 21 replies

I have a chance to buy a new Lie-Nielsen No. 4 1/2 smoothing plane (45 deg bed, I believe) for $50 off retail. It’s tempting, but I already have a LN No. 4 bronze 50 degree smoother that meets most of my smoothing needs perfectly. Would a lower-angle, slightly heavier/larger plane be worth having? I’m trying to resist the blind ur...

07-12-2014 02:28 AM

craigslist wood score - 1 reply

I picked up this stack of hard maple and “red mahogany” (African mahogany, I think) off craigslist today. About 40 board feet total for $70, not bad at all. They’re narrow, but in 8’ and 10’ lengths. I plan on making a large end grain cutting board out of it, though I’ll have to dry it in my garage for a wh...

07-02-2014 02:43 AM

neat natural edge+glass table by greg klassen - 2 replies

Check out this amazing table (saw it on, thought you all would appreciate it): Here is the creator’s website: Getting the glass to fit must be a huge chore.

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